A nearly 50-year-old restaurant in Dorchester has abruptly closed its doors. Sonny’s Pub and Restaurant shut down Wednesday, according to Boston Restaurant Talk, apparently making way for a new spot that has been in the works since last fall.
Last September, the father of Sonny’s owner Matthew Elia had debunked rumors that Sonny's had been sold. Yet he left the door open for prospective buyers and for a license transfer, and word of a new restaurant called Industry, to be located in the same space, popped up last October. The person behind the new spot is Martin Davis, formerly of the Littlest Bar, as Universal Hub reported at the time. There will reportedly be extensive renovations, but the goal is to maintain the space’s status as a neighborhood bar.
Calls to Sonny’s on Thursday morning went unanswered; this story will be updated if more details become available.